Interviews

Q&A WITH DUSCHER

27 Dec 2020
Aldo Duscher conceded an interview to Sportpaper AS. The Argentine is currently training Juvenil B and explained why he wanted to coach the team, his aspirations for the future and also remembered his past career as a player.

Q: How did the possibility of returning to A Coruña to work at Deportivo come up?
A: I had a meeting with Fernando Vidal and Albert Gil to talk about the possibility of doing internships at Deportivo in the UEFA Pro course. I have to do six months of practice at a Juvenil and they gave me the opportunity. I am very grateful. I wanted to do in here, because I know the city, I travel with my family and I knew they would be comfortable. I already have the title of coach in Argentina, but I also wanted the UEFA license to be able to train in Europe.

Q: How is the experience with the Juvenile squad of Depor?
A: I had already trained boys in Argentina with Newell’s and it was a very good experience. I'm very comfortable at Depor, it's a club that I really appreciate. A pity the situation that you have to live, a lot of sadness to see them there. I experienced very important things at Depor and seeing where it is now… it’s difficult.

Q: It must have been a shock to see the relegation to Segunda B...
A: It was already hard for me to watch them at Segunda, so... It's very ugly. I have always considered that it’s an admired and respected club in Spain and in the world. I lived a great time there.

Q: And a lot of that was lived together with Fran and Valerón, who are also now working at Deportivo.
A: Every day I have more relationship with Fran, who is in charge of all grassroots football. El Flaco trains in the mornings and we see each other little in the afternoons. We talk more about what there’s now, about the players, the games... Of course, there are always some memories, but basically we talk about what is now, which requires a lot of work.

Q: The work with the academy is not immediate, but do you see talent in Abegondo?
I am seeing that there are good talented players. Technically, I see kids that tomorrow can play for Deportivo, but for that they have to understand the commitment, respect and love for this shirt. Once we all understand that, the club has a good chance of succeeding. You need to have that sense of belonging, because there’s material.

Q: You felt quite the Depor’s badge, seven seasons specifically. What remains of that long stage?
A: One, participation in Champions League. There were memorable matches such as the victory in Manchester, Juve, Milan in Riazor or the semi-final in Porto. Also, the final won against Real Madrid at home in the Cup. They had everything ready and we snatched the title. These are indelible memories. They are things that remain there and that you even have more present for the current situation.

Q: On those Champions League nights there was one in which Beckham was injured and it was feared that he would not go to the 2002 World Cup. Did that day mark your career a lot?
A: At least they know me for that [he laughs] Seriously enough, it was an ugly situation. I always understood in a way my way of playing and facing matches. That situation occurred, yes, but what was generated was much more than what happened. But I don't think it hurt me. It may seem strange, but after that foul to Beckham Manchester wanted to sign me. It was a foul without bad intention, it was football. Football is contact, I understand it that way.

Q: At that time there was already some rumours that there were negotiations. Why didn't you go to Manchester?
A: Lendoiro was very difficult to negotiate and he defended the club a lot. I was playing for Depor, it was negotiated, but it didn't happen.

Q: What you experienced after that foul was a complete siege from the English press, including your home.
A: Yes, in A Coruña there were no less than 20 English journalists. The phone could not stop. It was constant harassment, it wasn't pretty. But it was all a matter of the English press, because I had already spoken with Beckham and everything was fine.

Q: Where would that Deportivo be today?
A: I think taking Real Madrid and Barcelona out of there. As football is, with a coach who would have demanded more of us without any doubt competing with the greatest clubs.

Q: Is demanding more a reference to Irureta? Do you think, like Djalminha, that that Depor was left without winning more titles for Jabo?
A: Now seen it with the passage of time, being on the other side, being later with more coaches... Irureta had a positive note with the group leadership that avoided problems. But if we look at the tactical and physical part, it left me with very little things.

Q: Why?
A: Well, after having great coaches like Marcelino or Pochettino, I think we could have gotten much more out of that Depor. Seeing the quality that there was then and the potential of the players, putting one or two more gears at Deportivo, nobody would have stopped it. This is how I see it now, that as a coach I analyze more the tactical part... But we must not detract from Irureta, he was there. He knew how to choose the team very well, problems came when things went a bit wrong. I think that if those players had been better used, we would have won a couple more leagues. He had Mauro Silva, Makaay, Valerón, Fran, Naybet... I think that by working more, with things that are done today, that team could have yielded more.

Q: By 2005 Depor began to lose steam. What memory do you have of leaving the club with Caparrós on the bench?
A; I completed the seven-year contract I had without any complaint from the president, who was Lendoiro at the time. With me he always behaved like a gentleman. In the sporting part, after the glory, came the other story. The club began to not be well, it was very difficult, almost unsustainable to maintain that. There was a large squad. It wasn’t only those who played, there were two footballers per position with a very high level. It was difficult to maintain that. There were many important players who left, a new coach arrived, Caparrós…. He had decisions that two or three old-school players didn't like, including me. I always gave everything for the shirt. I was able to renew and I didn’t do it. It was time for a change.

Q: That change you went to Racing de Santander. After seven years without scoring a goal in the League with Depor, you went to Racing and scored five in a one single season...
A: [Laughter] At Depor I played as a defensive central midfielder and didn't go up much to attack. My role was to balance and I had very few opportunities to attack; it’s what the coach asked me. At Racing I met Marcelino, who for me is one of the best coaches in Spain. I started playing as a pivote, but with arrival. If I went up, my partner stayed and vice versa. I had more opportunities to reach the area and the goals appeared. Also, I scored two penalties. It was an impressive campaign and we almost put Racing into the Champions League.

Q: A former teammate who left Deportivo a little before in those years was Scaloni, who is now Argentina's coach...
A: I saw him just over a year ago, in a Newell’s friendly game with the Argentine team. Very happy for him. He is a young coach and wherever he is… He is in a difficult place, because training Argentina is not easy. I wish him well.

Q: As an Argentine, how did you experience Maradona's death?
A: Diego's death was a very big hit for everyone, imagine for the Argentineans. He didn't look good anymore, but we never expected an ending so soon. He was still young and it would seem that Diego always had one more chance, he always got ahead. When the news came, it was shocking. For all the fans, the captain, the leader we had, left us. What Diego made me feel, I haven’t felt that way again, and I was a boy. The goal to Brazil, to England... Those strong emotions that he transmitted, those joys ... At least we know that he is at peace.

Q: Where does Duscher see himself in the future?
A: Football is always a surprise, they can call you from anywhere. I already have an armed working group and in South America I can lead anywhere. When I have the UEFA Pro license, I can do it in Europe too. My idea is to stay in Europe, but I really live the day to day. I am very comfortable in A Coruña and when these six months pass, we will see.

Q: Respecting Fernando Vázquez or Valerón who is directing the B squad, I suppose you will have thought about training Deportivo one day...
A: One always aspires to the best and to reach the top. You never know what can happen. If Depor extends his hand to me tomorrow, obviously I will be there. Or if Racing Santander or Sporting Lisbon does it… I am very grateful to the clubs that gave me the opportunity to play. If you need me, I'll be there. I am grateful and in the clubs that I was I always went well.

Q: And what is your proposal as a coach?
A: It depends a lot on who you have, the level of the players and the club's own philosophy. I like balanced teams. I like to look more towards the horizon, if I have to play a one-on-one at the back, I play it. I like to risk, to try a colorful and attractive game. In  order to achieve that, I need a very important physical preparation. I like a leading team and I don't bind myself to any system. Modern football needs constant changes to surprise the opponent, both to attack and to defend.

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